The schedule of international sporting competition is never ending. The T20 cricket tournament is currently underway but many are looking ahead to the biggest football event on the planet. The FIFA World Cup is just over a year away. All eyes will be on Qatar, as the biggest stars in the sport compete for their national sides. It will be a history-making moment in football’s history. Here is everything that you need to know about the competition.
When & Where Will the World Cup Take Place?
The first factor that makes this event a history-making one is the fact that it will be played in the winter. It will be the first World Cup to take place out of its usual months in June and July, as it will be competed between November and December. The opening games of the World Cup will be played on November 21st, with the final taking place on December 18th. It will also be a historic moment, as it will be the first time that the World Cup has been staged in the Arab world, and the second time that it has been held in Asia following the successful 2002 tournament that was staged in South Korea and Japan. The 2022 World Cup will also be the last competition to feature 32 teams, as it will be increased for the next World Cup, which will be co-hosted by Mexico, Canada and the United States.
History of the World Cup
The World Cup is the most prestigious football tournament in the world, as the world’s top players compete with their national sides over the course of a month. It has been staged every four years since 1930, with exceptions in 1942 and 1946. Typically, the tournament is played out between 32 teams, but that will be increased in 2026. Eight national teams have won the World Cup throughout its history, with Brazil having won the most. Their success in 2002 was their fifth title. France are the defending champions going into the 2022 World Cup after beating Croatia in the final in 2018. The other nations to have won the World Cup are Germany, Italy, Spain, England, Argentina and Uruguay. It is the biggest sporting occasion in the world, with over 700 million tuning in to watch the 2006 World Cup final. Hosting the tournament is considered a massive honour, and 17 nations have been handed the responsibility. Qatar are the hosts for the upcoming World Cup, which makes it one of the most appealing tournaments for Arab countries.
Betting & Streaming of World Cup Games
As we mentioned, the 2022 World Cup will be one of the most-watched events in the history of many of the Arab countries. The reason for this is due to the fact that it will be held in Qatar for the very first time. FIFA’s decision to award Qatar the hosting responsibilities was one of the most controversial moments in the history of the sport, but that hasn’t dampened expectations for the huge tournament, with many fans already looking for Arabic FIFA streaming websites. Betting on sporting events has also grown in popularity over recent years in Arab countries, and that means many will be placing wagers on the action throughout the World Cup. The most popular betting market will see punters able to bet on the outright winner of the competition. However, wagers will be placed for every match throughout the competition, with markets such as match result, over/under and correct score all likely to be popular.
Who Will Win The 2022 World Cup?
It looks set to be one of the most open World Cups in recent memory, as there are many nations coming into the competition with a credible chance. France will likely be the favourites in the betting as the world champions. It is hard to see past their quality if all star players perform to their peak, with Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba all likely to have big parts to play. It has been 20 years since Brazil’s last success at the World Cup, which means that there will be pressure on Tite to deliver a much-needed success. They have been disappointing in their last World Cups, as they have been knocked out in the quarterfinals in three of the last four events. England could also have a leading chance, as Gareth Southgate is certainly building something special with a young crop of talented players including Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford and Jude Bellingham. Other nations that are hard to rule out include Italy, Spain and Germany, who will all be looking to build on past victories.